Pop ballad fails to impress Eurovision judges

Switzerland will not take part in the final of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade.

This content was published on May 23, 2008

Swiss entrant Paolo Meneguzzi, a 31-year-old recording artist from Lugano in Ticino, failed to impress judges at Thursday's semi-final qualifier.

Meneguzzi's Italian pop ballad, Era Stupendo, was one of a record 43 acts competing for a place in the final on Saturday.

The song was markedly different from the Swiss entry last year by DJ Bobo - a Euro dance piece about vampires - which also fell at the first round.

Five countries qualified for the 25-act final automatically: Serbia as host, and Britain, France, Germany and Spain as they chip in the most money.

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